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The Office of Student Affairs at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences (UTCOM) is your hub for career and residency advising!
We are responsible for small- and large-group career planning programming as well as individual, one-on-one counseling. UTCOM's systematic approach to career advising and residency counseling spans all four years of medical school with formal programming, beginning during M1 orientation, tailored to critical junctures and transitions over the course of your medical school career.
UTCOM career advising resources include:
The core program offered to promote your career development is the Careers in Medicine (CiM) program sponsored by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). The information below is an overview of the CiM model at UTCOM.
Based on evidence-based research and nationwide best practices regarding career development in undergraduate medical education, CiM is designed to provide you with the information, resources, and tools to help guide you through self-assessment and research about specialty and practice options so that you can choose a specialty and residency program that meets your career goals.
The four phases of this decision-making model are somewhat parallel to the four years of medical school, but the tasks and activities of each phase overlap greatly and different students will move through the phases at different rates. Think of the four phases of this model as a pyramid, with each phase building on the one that came before it.
|1st Phase (Understanding Yourself)|
This phase of the career decision-making model begins in your first year of medical school and is the foundation for all of the career decisions you will make throughout medical school--and beyond. During this phase you will ask yourself important questions such as: "Who am I?" "What do I like to do?" "What's really important to me in my work and life?" "What do I want to do in my medical career?"
Some of the events, activities and resources that may assist you in answering these very important questions about yourself include:
|2nd Phase (Exploring Options)|
In this phase you will explore the variety of specialties as well as the other career options available to you in the field of medicine. As you meet and talk with physicians in various specialties, you'll begin to learn about what physicians do in these areas, and gain a real-world perspective on the career opportunities these specialties have to offer.
Some of the events, activities and resources that may assist you in exploring medical career options include:
|3rd Phase (Choosing a Specialty)|
Comparing what you have learned about yourself in the first phase with the information you've gathered about the specialties and other medical career options in the second phase will help you narrow down your specialty choices. Your focus will be on your fit with specialties based on such things as your values, interests, skills and competitiveness.
Some of the events, activities and resources that may assist you in choosing your specialty include:
|4th Phase (Getting into Residency)|
Ultimately you will apply all that you have learned about yourself and medical specialties to choose specific residency programs to apply to. Beyond applying to programs, you will then have to rank the programs in your order of preference. This listing of your program preferences will then be used in "The Match"--matching your preferences for residency positions with residency program directors' preferences for applicants.
Some of the events, activities and resources that may assist you in matching into your desired residency program include: